World bare-knuckle boxing champion Bobby Gunn will do part of his training for his upcoming title defense in the barn where John L. Sullivan trained for the last great bare-knuckle boxing championship in 1889. Sullivan won the Police Gazette World Champion Belt by defeating Jake Kilrain, and—as gloved boxing would become legal three years later—it would be the last time this belt would be fought for until now. A Police Gazette-authorized bare-knuckle boxing world champion belt will be presented to the winner of the match between Gunn and challenger Shannon Ritch in South Florida on November 26th.
The barn in Belfast, New York, is now the home of the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame. Bobby Gunn said of the Hall’s president, “There is no one more respected in the bare knuckle world than Scott Burt.” Gunn said he will be spending “a week to 10 days the first part of November in Belfast training just as John L. Sullivan did.”
Scott Burt added, “The public is welcome and encouraged to come and watch Bobby workout, even run with him. This is a great opportunity for the general public. We expect huge media coverage of Bobby’s camp.”
Sullivan chose the location in 1889 partly because the town is so remote and far from distractions. Gunn explained, “It is an ideal training place for any top fighter getting ready and wanting to get away from all the craziness. It has great top-of-the-line training facilities, and I urge any fighter to come and try the Belfast John L. Sullivan and William Muldoon training course. It is truly humbling to be part of such a rich history.”
Exact dates when Gunn will be in Belfast will be announced soon. The location of the November 26th match—a major casino—will be announced by the venue in early November.